Faces on Our Feet
A couple of weeks ago, I happened to come across this post on the Simplekids website. I filed it away as a good idea for getting us out of a downward spiral – which obligingly started up about ten minutes after I saw the idea. When I could see that things where going to keep going downhill, I said, “Hey, I know what’s wrong! You don’t have any faces on your feet! Let me fix that for you!” They thought it was great, especially since I hadn’t yet lifted the ban on body art. It got us right out of our funk, and they kids loved telling Daddy about it that night.
I thought it was fun, but didn’t think too much more about it. However, it’s apparently taken on a life of it’s own. We’ve done it two more times, and each time it’s helped. The thing that is really neat, though, is that it’s been Ian’s idea. Both times he was getting more and more ‘stuck’. Today he and Chava were bickering, and he was upset. I was thinking of ways to end the dynamic, all of which involved separating the kids. I was just about to announce an early quiet time, when Ian asked “Can I have faces?”
It’s really fun to see him coming up with positive ways to get us all unstuck and moving on with our day. I am proud of him for wanting to work his way out of his mood, and for coming up with an idea to do it.
Today the kids requested faces on their faces as well. Then they wanted a face on MY face. They thought it was hilarous. I forgot about it, until I’d talked to a couple of my neighbors with green marker all over my face.